Having read the reviews on Tripadvisor for this restaurant, I'll be honest in saying that I wasn't expecting much. Having left it a touch too late to book dinner for my wife and I (on Valentines night no less) I couldn't be too choosey and booked us in. On arrival, it was quiet, we were the only guest there, but... The look of the place is very good; modern lines giving an airy and spacious feel and clearly a place to be in the summer months where you can imagine the large bay doors being opened out giving exceptional views over the river. We were greeted with a glass of Prosecco which we were left to enjoy whilst going over the menu. The food seemed very reasonable if not too adventurous or novel. I went for a chicken, bacon and port pate to start which had a deep and rich flavour alongside a smooth texture; too often coarse pate seems to be served elsewhere as an excuse to leave large parts of gristle to be caught in the teeth! My wife opted for the tempura prawns with a chilli jam; the jam just the right side of bite from the chilli and the prawns delivered in shells making it a starter one could really get hands on with. For mains, my wife had the lamb with an exceptional dauphinoise potato alongside braised root vegetables and a rosemary demi glace. The lamb itself was very well cooked, slightly pink and still tender with a really strong lamb flavour without the layer of fat often found. I played safe and went for the sirloin steak with chunky chips and sauted spinach. Perhaps a little too much pepper through the spinach and on the steak for my taste but certainly not overpower. Besides, the steak was also extermely well cooked; I like it rare, and came with a delightful whiskey and peppercorn sauce, the flavour of which took me right back to a Burns Night supper that I once attended in Edinburgh. To finish, we both opted for the tequila and lime cheesecake which looked fantastic on the plate and had contrasting tastes which set it apart from other cheesecakes we've had in the past. Topped with a layer of lime and tequila flavoured jelly, the filling was smooth, creamy and with hint of cheese atop a lovely, crunchy and sweet biscuit base. Throughout dinner, we were served well by a small but well appointed wine list providing well balanced tipples at a very reasonable price. All in, a fantastic surprise given some of the reviews seen on this site. Definatley worth another visit and one that I will look check back in with come the end of spring.
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